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PUBLIC LAW 106-398—APPENDIX 114 STAT. 1654A-45 (b) ENHANCEMENT OF TEST AND EVALUATION CAPABILITIES.— The Secretary of Defense shall consider modernizing the High Energy Laser Test Facility at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, in order to enhance the test and evaluation capabilities of the Department of Defense with respect to high energy laser weapons. SEC. 246. COOPERATIVE PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES. (a) MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH NNSA.—(1) The Secretary of Defense and the Administrator for Nuclear Security of the Department of Energy shall enter into a memorandum of agreement to conduct joint research and development on military applications of high energy lasers. (2) The projects pursued under the memorandum of agreement— (A) shall be of mutual benefit to the national security programs of the Department of Defense and the National Nuclear Security Administration of the Department of Energy; (B) shall be prioritized jointly by officials designated to do so by the Secretary of Defense and the Administrator; and (C) shall be consistent with the technology plan prepared pursuant to section 243(b)(4) and the requirements identified in section 243(c). (3) The costs of each project pursued under the memorandum of agreement shall be shared equally by the Department of Defense and the National Nuclear Security Administration. (4) The memorandum of agreement shall provide for appropriate peer review of projects pursued under the memorandum of agreement. (b) EVALUATION OF OTHER COOPERATIVE PROGRAMS AND ACTIVI- TIES. —The Secretary of Defense shall evaluate the feasibility and advisability of entering into cooperative programs or activities with other Federal agencies, institutions of higher education, and the private sector for the purpose of enhancing the programs, projects, and activities of the Department of Defense relating to high energy laser technologies, systems, and weapons. SEC. 247. TECHNOLOGY PLAN. The designated official shall submit to the congressional defense committees by February 15, 2001, the technology plan prepared pursuant to section 243(b)(4). The report shall be submitted in unclassified and, if necessary, classified form. SEC. 248. ANNUAL REPORT. Not later than February 15 of 2001, 2002, and 2003, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report on the high energy laser programs of the Department of Defense. Each report shall include an assessment of the following: (1) The adequacy of the management structure of the Department of Defense for the high energy laser programs. (2) The funding available for the high energy laser programs. (3) The technical progress achieved for the high energy laser programs. (4) The extent to which goals and objectives of the high energy laser technology plan have been met.